I first read this article last year as part of my seminar course. My original opinion on the article can be found here.
I have re-read the article since but I have to say that this is the first time that I “got” some of the content. It is actually quite well thought out and though I had initially thought that it was too long and complicated, it is actually quite concise and to the point.
It is still presented in a hard to read format but this web page is much easier to read than the page I first viewed it on, in fact I ended up copy and pasting it to a Word Doc so that I could read it without my eyes bleeding.
So here we have a short history of the world of blogging. Interesting to see how quickly it has become such a recognised practice; but then that is Moore’s Law. There were a couple of specific points that stood out.
The first of these are the idea of anonymity and litigation. Perhaps this is because of the fact that it was brought up in class but this really struck a chord with me. I, as part of my hobby, have reason to frequent many fora in relation to my hobby. On these fora there are Trolls, some of whom are good-natured others who are not.
What is interesting is that there are some people who I know personally as they are part of the hobby scene in Ireland, who troll these sites. This would all be well and good should they keep their trolling practices confined to abroad but for some reason the fact that we have a real life connection doesn’t seem to occur to them. In fact I have been personally knocked on fora by people who in person would sit down and share a meal. This lack of understanding of the idea of internet anonymity is fascinating and though I have discussed it, again in person with these people they seem not to understand. “It’s the internet brah”, is the most standard response.
Another interesting point that came up was the differing ways in which blogs are used by different genders.
This is actually something that really fascinates me. I have a lot of friends who regularly blog as I do myself, (prob about twice a week on various blogs as well as daily updates on fora). Our blogs normally concern themselves with our hobby , which is the reason we are friends but also will include reviews of movies or books, computer games, sports as well as science and technology reviews. My female friends tend to blog only when doing something specific, like being on holiday/gap year etc, in which case they take the time to write diary entries on their exploits and post photo’s of where they are or what they have seen.
The later paragraph on Blogging in Literary Studies is, I suppose, the one that most relates and resonate with us. It is interesting to see that yet again the reluctance of some people to get on board is noteworthy. The change in culture from reading and processing information on-line is one that we must pioneer or be left behind. Also if we do not include ourselves then the task of cataloging and being able to reference will be taken out of our hands only to be done by people who do not have an understanding of the best practice like we do. Change can best be affected from inside too.
I also note that there is a tendency by some people who are burgeoning into the web to write like they are writing an essay, not caring for how the page looks or how to break up the text wall so that it can be more visually appealing, thus allowing the reader spend more time on the page. This can be very frustrating as I am hoping you will notice in this sentence at the end of this paragraph which seems to be about to end shortly; only to take on new life and continue to strain your eyes, as you must continually read until you finally see a full stop, which is likely to happen soon. Ahhhh.
I would love to hear your responses to these things folks.